Rehearsals

The orchestra rehearses at the Homewood Road United Reformed Church, Sandpit Lane St Albans AL1 4BH  on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 10.00pm, tuning at 7.25pm. Venue opens at 7.10pm.

If absent or late, please inform section principals (strings) or David Utting: 07930 313790 (winds, brass) in advance. Winds and brass please arrange a deputy if absent.

St Cecilia Concert, Saturday 14th October 2017

Orchestration

Rachmaninov, The Bells:
4(1,2,3,pic)4(1,2,3,cor)4(1,2,3,bcl)4(1,2,3,contra) – 6331 – tmp+5 – hp – cel, pianino, opt org – str
perc: bd, cym, sd, tri, tambn, tamtam, glock, chimes

Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture:
3(1,2,pic)3(1,2,cor)22 – 44(2crt+2tp)31 – tmp+5 – str
perc: bd, cym, sd, tri, tambn, bells or chimes (“Glocken”), cannon

Borodin, Polovtsian Dances:
3(1,2,pic)2(1,2/cor)22 – 4231 – tmp+5 – hp – str
perc: bd, cym, sd, tri, tambn, glock, sus cym

Shostakovich, October (op 131):
3(1,2,pic)3(1,2,cor)33(1,2,contra) – 4331- timp+2 – str
perc: sd, cym

Rehearsal Schedule

Children’s Concerts, Sunday 19th November, 2.00pm and 3.30pm

Orchestration

Tchaikovsky : 1812 Overture (Ouverture solenelle) (1880)  – 16’
3(1,2,picc)3(1,2,cor)22 – 44(2crt+2tp)31 –  tmp+5 –  str
perc: bd, cym, sd, tri, tambn, bells or chimes (“Glocken”), cannon

Copland : Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo – 21’
3(1,2,picc)3(1,2,opt cor)3(1,2,opt bcl)2 – 4331 – tmp+4 – pf – str
perc: xyl, bd, sd, woodblk, tri, cym
Playable without cor or bcl

Coates : Three Bears Phantasy
Score/PC/ 2(1,2/picc)121 2230 – tmp – drums, hp – str

Wood : Barwick Green from My Native Heath – 2’
2222 4230 – tmp – hp – str

Plus:
Sibelius : Scene with Cranes from Kuolema
0020 – tmp – str

Rehearsal Schedule

New Year’s Concert – Monday 1st January 2018

Orchestration

Bernstein : Candide  Overture – 5′
3(1,2,picc)24(1,2,Ebcl,bcl)3(1,2,contra) –  4231 – tmp+5 – hp – str
perc: bd, cym, sd, td, tri, glock, xyl

Copland : Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo – 21’
3(1,2,picc)3(1,2,opt cor)3(1,2,opt bcl)2 – 4331 – tmp+4 – pf – str
perc: xyl, bd, sd, woodblk, tri, cym
Playable without cor or bcl

Gershwin : An American in Paris – 6’
3(1,2,3/picc)3(1,2,cor)3(1,2,bcl)2 – 4331 – asx, tsx, bsx – tmp+4 – cel – str
perc: sd, woodblk, cym, bd, tri, 2tomtoms, 4taxihorns, xyl, glock (xyl/glock player can also cover cel)

Goodwin : 633 Squadron (main theme) – 2’
3233 4331 tmp – perc(3) – hp – str

Coates : By the sleepy Lagoon – 3’
1121 2220 – perc – hp – str

Wood : Barwick Green from My Native Heath – 2’
2222 4230 – tmp – hp – str

Arnold : Four Scottish Dances – 10’
2(1/picc,picc)222 – 4230 – tmp+1 – hp – str
perc: sd, tamtam, cym, bd, woodblk

Coates : Three Bears Phantasy – 10’
Score/PC/ 2(1,2/picc)121 2230 – tmp – drums – hp – str

Encore:
Farnon : Westminster Waltz  – 3’
2121 2231 –  tmp – perc – hp – str

Rehearsal Schedule

Saturday 10th March 2018

Orchestration

Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus  – 11’
Strings and concertante harp

Dvořák: Serenade for Winds – 24’
0223(1,2 contra*) 3000 – 1 cello, 1 bass

Dvořák: Symphony No.7 – 35’
2(1,2/picc)222 – 4230 – tmp – str

Rehearsal Schedule

Saturday 12th May 2018

Orchestration

Shostakovich: Festive Overture – 7’
3(1,2,picc)333(1,2,contra) – 4331 – tmp+4 – str
perc: tri, sd, cym, bd

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 – 32’
2222 – 4230 – tmp – str
Soloist: Alissa Firsova

Stravinsky: The Firebird (1945 version) – 31’
2(1,2/picc)222 – 4231 – tmp+3 – hp – pf – str
perc: bd, cym, sd, tambn, tri, xyl

Rehearsal Schedule

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Sibelius: Finlandia – 8’
2222 – 4331 – tmp+1 – str
perc: cym, bd, tri

Sibelius: Violin Concerto – 35’
2222 – 4230 – tmp – str
Soloist: David le Page

Sibelius: Scene with Cranes from Kuolema – 5’
0020 – tmp – str

Sibelius: Symphony No.5 – 30’
2222 – 4330 – tmp – str

Rehearsal Schedule